Joe Arpaio – New York Times article pertaining to pardon by President Trump, written before the pardon was granted, on August 25, 2017

The final paragraph of the article is compelling, reading:

“Pardons are by definition political decisions, and presidents of both parties have used them in unsavory ways. What’s remarkable here is that Mr. Trump is weighing mercy for a public official who did not just violate the law, but who remains proud of doing so. The law-and-order president is cheering on an unrepentant lawbreaker. Perhaps that’s because Mr. Arpaio has always represented what Mr. Trump aspires to be: a thuggish autocrat who enforces the law as he pleases, without accountability or personal consequence.”